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"Our current system of suspending someone’s license and hoping they don’t drive drunk again isn’t working," said Senator Jerry Hill in a news conference at the Capitol to urge passage of SB 1046, his ignition interlock bill. "Technology exists to prevent DUI offenders from getting behind the wheel again and drinking and driving." Surrounded by families whose loved ones were killed by drunk drivers, MADD representatives and law enforcement partners, Hill cited a raft of statistics supporting his bill:
- Every two minutes in the U.S., a drunk driver injures a person
- Every hour in the country, someone is killed because a drunk driver got behind the wheel
- In California, more than 1,000 people die every year because of drunk drivers and more than 20,000 others are injured
While the statistics may be startling, the experiences shared by the families of victims offer a starker vision of the death and destruction caused by drunk drivers, Hill said, praising the courage and commitment of the family members and Mothers Against Drunk Driving volunteers.
From left, top row: MADD supporter Greg Martin; Brent Meyer, vice president of Peace Officers Research Association of California; District II Director Tom Maguire, California Association of Highway Patrolmen; and Aaron Wade of MADD.
From left, second row: Angel Martinez, whose sister-in-law and niece were killed by a drunk driver who jumped a curb and struck them as they were walking on a pathway; Chris and Carol Leister, with a poster of their son, Scott, who was killed by a drunk driver who rammed the family's car; Mary and Tom Klotzbach, whose son, Matt, was killed by a drunk driver while home on leave from the U.S. Naval Academy; and Officer Kim Trask of the Colma Police Department.
At lectern, Senator Jerry Hill.
View more photos of the SB 1046 news conference in this photo gallery, and see the news conference video by clicking here. – State Capitol, May 23, 2016